1. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens this month as the latest entry in J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World. Estimated budget: $225 million. Estimated gross: $68-85 million in its opening-weekend in the U.S. and Canada. Estimated number of sequels planned: 4.
2. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the 2016 script book for J.K. Rowling’s new play, sold more than 2 million print copies in its first 48 hours in the U.S. and Canada. Pretty good, except Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows sold 8.3 million copies in the U.S. in its first 24 hours in 2007.
3. Roll over, Hamilton! Tickets to the sold-out London show Harry Potter and the Cursed Child are being offered on re-sale sites for a whopping $6,400 per ticket, around 36 times the original face value.
4. Daniel Radcliffe earned $145,000 playing Harry Potter in the first film, and $3 million for the sequel. For the two-part movie Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, he earned a reported $20 million… for each part!
5. The Harry Potter franchise is worth a staggering $25 billion, which includes $7.7 billion in book sales, $7.3 billion in toy sales, $7.2 billion in box office revenue, $2.08 billion in DVD sales, and $600 million in DVD rentals.